PORTAGE | Jordan Scott followed David Johnson to work at Subway with one intention Thursday morning, police said.
“Our suspect came up specifically, we feel at that time, to shoot and kill David Johnson,” Portage police Detective Lt. Mark Hahn said.
David M. Johnson, 22, of rural Pardeeville, died after being shot more than five times.
Johnson “was shot in cold blood, that’s what it boils down to,” Hahn said.
The suspect in the shooting was identified as Jordan M. Scott, 19, of rural Rio; Scott was found an hour later in Columbus and has been booked into the Columbia County Jail on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide.
Both were employees of the Subway restaurant at 2931 New Pinery Road. Scott has worked there about two years and was possibly going to be trained as a manager; Johnson had worked at the restaurant since he was a teenager, Hahn said.
“They had both been written up” last week over a heated argument that took place at work, Hahn said.
Both had worked together at Subway after the argument. Attempts to reach Subway management were not successful Thursday.
“We’re still investigating everything, but we were made aware of some dislike that Scott had towards Johnson,” Hahn said. “We do know that (Scott) was upset … at the way Johnson treated himself and also a female person.”
Johnson was arriving for work at 9 a.m. Thursday, Hahn said, and had parked his vehicle in the parking lot behind the building, when Scott, following in his own vehicle, parked nearby.
Johnson was walking past the rear of his vehicle when Scott approached him, made a statement, and fired a handgun at Johnson. Scott continued to fire after Johnson fell to the ground, Hahn said.
“Basically, Scott knew when Johnson was supposed to be at work today and he confronted him when he arrived,” Hahn said.
Hahn said Scott said something to Johnson before firing the weapon, but Hahn would not disclose what was said.
“That may come out in the criminal complaint,” Hahn said.